Blessed Mother As Intercessor is Biblical - 07/13/2003
Mary was shown in the bible to be an intercessor to Jesus.
She interceded at the wedding, asking His help when the wine was running low. Catholics pray to her asking her help in obtaining favors and interceding on their behalf with Jesus. So that Is bibically based.
CONTENDER MINISTRIES RESPONSE:
Greetings Liz, and thanks for writing to Contender Ministries. You are right in saying that Catholics pray to Mary in asking her help in obtaining favors and interceding with Jesus. However, I'd like to demonstrate how you are incorrect in describing this as being biblical.
When Mary told Jesus that the wine was running low (John 2:3), she did nothing particularly special. The gospels are full of instances of disciples, relatives, and even strangers "interceding" by asking Jesus for favors on someone's behalf. In most of those instances, Jesus obliged the intercessor, even when it wasn't Mary. If you look at Jesus' response to Mary's request, you'll find He said, "Dear woman, why do you involve me?" (John 2:4). This does not seem to indicate a special place or role of Mary as intercessor. He granted her request for more wine, as he granted the requests of most of the disciples - and even strangers - who asked him for a favor or miracle.
In Matthew 12:46-50, we find that Jesus was speaking to a crowd, when someone told him that Mary and his brothers were waiting outside to speak to him (as a side note, the presence of his brothers puts to rest the notion of Mary's perpetual virginity). What was His response? He said, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Then he pointed to His disciples and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." If Mary had a special role as intercessor, don't you think Jesus would have immediately given her an audience? Wouldn't you expect Him to say, "Well, show my blessed Mother in this second!" This passage does not show that Mary is being demeaned or belittled. Rather, it shows that she is given no more favor than any of Christ's other obedient disciples.
Biblically speaking Liz, we need no intercessor between Christ and us. Jesus is our intercessor, and we can freely petition Him personally through prayer. 1 Timothy 2:5 says, "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." If we needed an agent of intercession between Jesus and us, there would be at least one more mediator listed in that sequence. Just as there is ONE God, there is ONE mediator between God and men. Jesus is waiting for you to bring your prayers of thanksgiving, confession, and petitions directly to Him. He wants you to approach the throne, and let your voice be heard. May God bless you and speak to you.
Ben and Jennifer Rast